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psalmody Syllabification: psal·mo·dy
Pronunciation: /ˈsä(l)mədē/

Definition of psalmody in English:


1The singing of psalms or similar sacred canticles, especially in public worship.
Example sentences
  • Additional material found in certain psalters includes refrains used for antiphonal psalmody and appendices containing canticles or other sacred writings.
  • David's authority now stood behind the role of the Levites and the use of psalmody in worship.
  • Thus it was his habit that, upon returning from the harvest, he would give himself to ‘prayer, meditation and psalmody until his thoughts were re-established in their previous order.’
1.1Psalms arranged for singing: these books offer a useful collection of psalmody
More example sentences
  • Christian plainchant offers melodic settings of varying complexity for the Ordinary and Proper texts of their parent rites, which may consist of psalmody and other scriptural texts or freely composed hymnody.
  • Four volumes deal with different kinds of material in the Old Testament: narrative, prophecy, poetry / psalmody, wisdom and law.
  • And Mary's song, the Magnificat, sung in response to her visit with her relative Elizabeth (which is the alternative psalmody for today), becomes the archetypal psalm of faith.


Middle English: via late Latin from Greek psalmōidia 'singing to a harp', from psalmos (see psalm) + ōidē 'song'.



Pronunciation: /sä(l)ˈmädik/
Example sentences
  • Certain psalmodic chants also became subject to purely musical elaboration, whether through polyphony (in the Latin West) or kalophonia (in the Byzantine East).
  • Despite these efforts to rely on wall-to-wall ditties, psalmodic chant still figures prominently in the Weekday liturgy.
  • In the Mass, the chants of the Ordinary are all non-psalmodic and those of the Proper are psalmodic.


Pronunciation: /ˈsä(l)mədəst/
Example sentences
  • Malcolm Watts argues his case fully and strongly, but ultimately too many questions remain - in particular, whether Ephesians 5: 19 and Colossians 3: 16 can bear the weight that exclusive psalmodists seek to place on them.
  • Exclusive psalmodists claim that God nowhere authorizes uninspired hymns. The conclusion that uninspired hymns are forbidden follows naturally.
  • Noteworthy, however, is the fact that the Apostles’ Creed was frequently recited in Puritan worship services, an act that most exclusive Psalmodists consider a violation of the regulative principle.

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